My duck Olive is new to this whole egg laying thing, she's been at it about 2 weeks now and since she's a Runner that hasn't amounted to much. I know that beginning layers have lots of hiccups but she is laying oddballs more often than not! She squeezed out an immense double yolker (bigger than her head, which hurt her vent but she's fixed up now) and has done a fart egg smaller than what my seramas usually lay. No two eggs are the same size or shade of off-white. Do ducks just have an extra dramatic start-up?? On to the more urgent question: today she came flopping uncomfortably in to my room and SHOT an egg out of her bum like a projectile. With this firing came a thick string of snot-like slime! It seemed very albumen-like but she was on a pile of clothes (I really need a hamper, sigh) so I didn't get a good look. It was soaked up while I was busy checking her vent to make sure she was ok. Nothing like a bloom, there had to be at least a tablespoon of the stuff. The egg itself is leathery and has no yolk. It also does not have any perforations, so despite the softness I do not think it is the source. She usually lays in the morning, and I in fact already gathered an egg from her nest today! This is the second time it has seemed like she laid twice in a day, though we have not had definite proof, the theory being she might just be uncovering an egg she laid and buried. Should I be worried about that slime, or do ducks just have very slimy laying? I know reproductive problems require urgent care but I -just this week- spent $350 at the vet treating a chicken with an eye tumor, and she is not even done. I don't want to rush off to spend more money I hardly have just to be told "oh yeah, ducks snotting from their butts is totally normal."